Communication Studies

The Master of Arts in Communication Studies (MA) in the Department of Communication Studies will prepare students to excel as high-integrity business leaders, marketing professionals, and public relations professionals.  Students graduating from this program will learn applied communication theory and research, social media and technology-assisted communication tools, and ethical and effective message creation in real-world contexts. 

Master of Arts in Communication Studies

Required Courses
COMM 5304Organizational Communication Theory3
COMM 5311Applied Social Media3
COMM 5310New Communication Technology3
COMM 5312Computer-Mediated Communication3
COMM 5320Communication Ethics3
COMM 5321Survey of Communication Research3
COMM 5323Small Group Communication3
COMM 5352Communication Theory3
COMM 5385Special Topics3
Approved Statistics Course3
Total Hours30

In addition to the full master’s degree we also offer two 9-hour certificate programs. One certificate program focuses on Computer-Mediated-Communication, and the other focuses on Organizational Communication.  Both of these certificate programs may be rolled into the 30-hour masters degree (see course descriptions below). Please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions; my contact information is below.

Certificate in Organizational Communication

Required Courses
COMM 5304Organizational Communication Theory3
COMM 5323Small Group Communication3
COMM 5352Communication Theory3
Total Hours9

Certificate in Social Media

Required Courses
COMM 5310New Communication Technology3
COMM 5312Computer-Mediated Communication3
COMM 5311Applied Social Media3
Total Hours9

Courses

COMM 5086. Special Problems. 1-6 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1-6 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Conference course. Directed independent study under supervision of a senior faculty member.

COMM 5304. Organizational Communication Theory. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is an advanced study of communication as it takes place in business, industrial, and non-profit settings. Special attention is given to managerial communication, communicator styles, channels and networks, and organizational communication consulting.

COMM 5310. New Communication Technology. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This graduate course provides a historical foundation focused on new communication technology. This course also incorporates communication theories while focusing on the benefits and disadvantages of new communication technology. Students will also explore the ways these technologies are positively and negatively influenced by national/international: cultures, economies, intellectual capital, and politics.

COMM 5311. Applied Social Media. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This graduate course is designed to introduce students to key concepts of social networking websites/applications, enable students to interact with others through hands-on experiences on social networking websites/applications, and provide students with experiences to critically analyze the positive and negative aspects of communicating (interpersonal, small group, organizational, etc.) with others through social networking.

COMM 5312. Computer-Mediated Communication. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This graduate course in provides a historical and futuristic perspective on the creation of the internet and computer-mediated communication. Students in the course will examine and critique scholarly research articles focused on a variety of computer-mediated communication contexts (i.e. - blogs, social networking websites, video chat, etc.).

COMM 5320. Communication Ethics. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This graduate course provides perspectives on communication ethics, from historical underpinnings to theory to professional ethical codes to decision-making structures weighing values, principles and stakeholders. Students in the course will examine and critique ethical factors and decision-making with communication case studies.

COMM 5321. Survey of Communication Research. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This graduate course is a study of cornerstone and current communication research. Research articles and projects with varying methodologies will be analyzed for the big-picture perspective on communication scholarship. Students in the course will examine and critique communication research, its context, methodological strengths and weaknesses, and its value and impact on professional communication roles.

COMM 5323. Small Group Communication. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This advanced course explores the concepts, models, and theories of group interaction and teamwork as it applies to group communication. Special attention is paid to the processes of decision making and problem solving within organizational groups as well examining case studies of group processes and outcomes.

COMM 5340. Environmental Communication. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course focuses on the role human communication plays in creating and sustaining relationship with nature.Topics can include: Public Participation, Environmental Conflict, promoting environmental sustainability, etc. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

COMM 5352. Communication Theory. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is an advanced study of communication theory exploring the concepts, models, and theories of human communication. Prerequisite: Graduate Standing.

COMM 5385. Special Topics. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Content varies according to the needs and desires of the students. When topic varies, course may be taken for credit more than once. Open to students of graduate classification.